Welcome to interior design that allows architecture to reflect and fulfil a family’s dream sanctuary.
This home is a stunning example of synchronicity between a designer and client who were just as driven and passionate about the project as each other, sharing a mutual vision.
The result is a collaboration between awardwinning interior designer and author Victoria Millar-Wise of VMW Citycoast Interiors, and clients Anna and Joe Totaro, the timeless architecture inspiring the interior. The shell of this two-storey, Parisian-inspired dwelling was built by Beaumonde Homes. All interior and exterior materials and detailed finishes were meticulously selected and lovingly created in a labour of love for this client. Anna and Joe were passionate about the project from day one and had incredible trust and faith in both the process of construction and the interior design. Although of Italian heritage, the couple were inherently influenced by the stunning beauty and timeless elegance of France, in particular the use of limestone and the clean, uncluttered lines with symmetry akin to prominent Paris buildings. “It was like living in France during the day for 18 months,” says Victoria of the design process.
“The visions, the achievements — breaking boundaries while reconnecting with the amazing depths of culture and tradition.” This family haven, with its loving ambience, is particularly grand in its structure and appeal. Designer Shayne Le Roy for Beaumonde Homes achieved the clients’ brief regarding balanced interior zoning. Attention to detail has been given to every corner of this home to create a comforting place for all the family. Adjoining each of the five bedrooms is a luxurious ensuite. Other personalised areas also feature throughout the family home and include a formal lounge and home theatre. Moving outdoors to the flawlessly presented yard, the croquet pitch as well as a considerably large pool and pool house, complete with alfresco kitchen and dining, become the ambient sanctuary for family and friends to get together and indulge. The heart of the home is, of course, the kitchen and it’s a particular favourite for Victoria, who says the uniquely designed baker’s table was a result of a “visionary flash” and it has become an illustrative centrepiece, reflecting the Parisian inspiration of the home. The Midnight Emerald exclusive benchtop and splashback, and stainless steel mosaic splashback above the stovetop, enhance the refined sophistication that has been created throughout the home. Every corner of this elegant masterpiece has been personally detailed with a special finish or touch.
The custom-designed doors, skirting and architraves, hand-crafted iron balustrade and light fittings, as well as the hand-selected and hand-carved marble feature staircase add to the visual appeal and function of the home. The understated elegance of column usage and the decadence of the French renaissance-style furniture create a fusion of timelessness and culture. With bespoke windows, doors, lighting and more, this home has extras that enhance the overall look and feel of the home and confirm the idea that when the trust, creativity, passion and vision between the client and the designer are in unison, anything is possible.